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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

S-Pulse 1-0 Yokohama F. Marinos (Nab Cup Grp Stage)

Barry Barry writes

S-Pulse 1-0 Yokohama F. Marinos
Brosque 76

Att. 8753

Line Up

GK Yamamoto

DF Kawai (42)
DF Hiraoka
DF Jong a Pin
DF Lee

MF Kang (69)
MF Brosque

FW Ishige
FW Shirasaki
FW Omae
FW Ito

Subs Used

Iwashita on for Hiraoka (HT)
Takahara on for Shirasaki (57)
Muramatsu on for Omae (85)


A deserved win against a resilient but ultimately toothless Yokohama side who are left still searching for a first win of the season.

The first half was pretty balanced, but with us creating the more concrete chances. Hiraoka picked up a knock to his shoulder at the end of the half which saw Iwashita, back from injury, return to partner Jong a Pin at the back.

The second half we took to the visitors for long spells, and were lacking the rub of the green on a couple of occasions. Our pressure finally paid off with a flick of sheer class from our man of the match (surely) Alex Brosque.

He covered the entire pitch, was a rock in the centre of the park, and most of what we created went through him. A very good performance, but not a one off by any means. He's become one of our most important midfielders over the last few months.

The win puts us second behind Kashima in Group B, but with a game less played.

 Goal hero Alex


Highlights. With thanks to Amir for posting these so speedily on Twitter!